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HomePod - $349USD and available only in USA/UK/Australia on Feb 9th (pre-order starts tomorrow)

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HomePod - $349USD and available only in USA/UK/Australia on Feb 9th (pre-order starts tomorrow)

So who's crossing the border to get one? lol

It'll be $450 CAD when they introduce it here later in the year. So over $500 with tax. The sound on that thing better be masterful for that price

https://www.apple.com/homepod/

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nasa25 wrote:
Jan 25th, 2018 1:35 pm
So who's crossing the border to get one? lol

It'll be $450 CAD when they introduce it here later in the year. So over $500 with tax. The sound on that thing better be masterful for that price

https://www.apple.com/homepod/
Madeline Buxton, writing for Refinery29...

HomePod also delivers where it counts: The sound. When I listened to the speaker next to Google Home Max, the latest Amazon Echo, and Sonos One, the vocals were consistently crisper and clearer on HomePod. The pluck of guitar strings pops, and bass notes have the robust thump-thump you want from them.

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Haha they compared the sound of the HomePod to something like the Sonos One that’s half the price.

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lol

sonos is fighting back hard I hear. Offering 2 sonos 1's for the price of a homepod (so basically $25 off the regular price of each).

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker ... zon-google

I'd be curious to hear the sound quality coming out of that homepod. The sound quality of my 2 GH's (playing simultaneously) is pretty good (like a million times better than the horde of echo dots I have). I also live in a smallish condo so the sound doesn't have very far to travel.

The issue with the homepod is that siri is an absolute moron....so the value of that speaker is probably 95% in it's sound quality. Asking siri a question is pretty much a waste of time. Google and Alexa are much better in that regard.
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lol

sonos is fighting back hard I hear. Offering 2 sonos 1's for the price of a homepod (so basically $25 off the regular price of each).

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker ... zon-google

I'd be curious to hear the sound quality coming out of that homepod. The sound quality of my 2 GH's (playing simultaneously) is pretty good (like a million times better than the horde of echo dots I have). I also live in a smallish condo so the sound doesn't have very far to travel.

The issue with the homepod is that siri is an absolute moron....so the value of that speaker is probably 95% in it's sound quality. Asking siri a question is pretty much a waste of time. Google and Alexa are much better in that regard.
Pricewise the Play 5 ($499 right now at Costco!) would be the comp for Homepod.... I guess and throw in a cheap Echo Dot for the voice commands.

I’m in a wait to see mode on the voice platform I go with...mostly I want compatibility with my Logitech Harmony Hub and a variety of OS platforms since I use them all.
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Jan 26th, 2018 12:50 pm
I’m in a wait to see mode on the voice platform I go with...mostly I want compatibility with my Logitech Harmony Hub and a variety of OS platforms since I use them all.
I’m in the same boat. I use every OS, but I think I will invest in google simply because of the assistant. If home automation is a priority, then Alexa would be the smarter choice. However, no one supports ZWave which is my preferred automation protocol.
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The general consensus of the reviews are that the sound is incredible (comparable to Sonos Play:3 or even 5 some say) but Siri sucks.

Not sure why this is not available in Canada?
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Feb 11th, 2018 9:33 am
The general consensus of the reviews are that the sound is incredible (comparable to Sonos Play:3 or even 5 some say) but Siri sucks.

Not sure why this is not available in Canada?
Most likely to do with further localization of Siri and implementing French Canadian. Or they just don't have enough stock and doing a staggered launch.
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warmdeals wrote:
Feb 11th, 2018 9:33 am
The general consensus of the reviews are that the sound is incredible (comparable to Sonos Play:3 or even 5 some say) but Siri sucks.

Not sure why this is not available in Canada?
Apple products tend to have a lot of dutch ruddering going on at launch from reviewers, so I'd take these glowing reviews with a grain of salt.

Having said that, I am sure it sounds great, but at it's price point, it probably needs to be a lot better than the Sonos speakers its competing with (which I personally believe are nothing to brag about); Sonos speakers have a TON of wiggle room for price too, which is good for us.

Plus, there's the curiously janky Spotify support, which I personally believe is the primary reason most people would even spend $$ on this type of thing.
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I'm sure it sounds pretty good for its size, and possibly better than many other sized units due to some clever design and engineering with psychoacoustics. I would definitely be interested in buying one if it could take other music input (even if only it was Bluetooth), but I don't need a speaker that is limited to Apple's walled garden. My wife is entirely in the Apple Ecosystem, but I'm still a mixed Windows/Google/iOS/Alexa user.
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I wish the PS4 supported Apple Airplay because then I could buy a HomePod to replace my 5.1 speakers setup and my living room would look much cleaner.
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Feb 13th, 2018 10:01 pm
I wish the PS4 supported Apple Airplay because then I could buy a HomePod to replace my 5.1 speakers setup and my living room would look much cleaner.
Why don't you just get a nice sound bar with wireless sub instead? If you have a small area to cover, it would do the job right.
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I agree with a lot of comments here, and to be honest, while it seems like it's a great sounding speaker, I'm not convinced that the value is there - it feels like a beta product right now. That and the fact that I just can't help but have a bad taste in my mouth lately with the way Apple has behaved. First the battery debacle, which I was a victim of (I bought a new iPhone because my old one became unbearably slow). Now the HomePod is leaving marks on tables, but Apple's response is "hey this is normal, re-oil your table". LOL

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